Here at Todd L. Jolly, DMD, we offer the best solutions for Bruxism.
Bruxism is a condition that makes people grind their teeth and clench their jaws when they sleep at night. While the condition is not life-threatening, it can cause chronic headaches, chipped and broken teeth, and jaw pains. The condition can be mitigated using night mouthguards.
Night mouthguards can stop or reduce grinding and jaw clenching while you sleep. The mouthguards fill up spaces between your teeth and keep your jaws slightly apart and stationary. There is no cure for bruxism, but the right mouthguard will provide much-needed relief. Many people do not even realize they have a bruxism problem.
Our dentists will recommend night mouthguards if they diagnose that you have bruxism. The mouthguard can be bought over the counter, or made for you by our dentist. Over the counter night mouthguards are usually made of a laminate that softens when heated and hardens when it cools. To use the mouthguard, you need to boil it to softness, then bite into it and allow it to adhere to your teeth.
Custom mouthguards are the best option. They offer a better fit, and they are more comfortable to wear. Our dentist will take an impression of your teeth and gums and make a custom-fit mouthguard for you. Not only are custom-made mouthguards more comfortable but they are also more likely to stay in position throughout the night.
Custom mouthguards will cost you a little bit more than over the counter mouthguards. They are worth every single cent though. If possible, you should not compromise your wellbeing just to save some money.
When Should You Get a Night Mouthguard?
Bruxism has been linked to sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. If you grind your teeth while awake, it is easy to note it as you’ll be making grinding noises. It is important to seek help while at that point.
Many people tend not to realize they have bruxism because they are sleeping while they are doing it. However, there are some signs that should prompt you to make an appointment with us and possibly start wearing night mouthguard.
If you tend to wake up with tight and painful jaw muscles, you might be suffering from bruxism. It is a strong hint that you need to consider wearing night mouthguards. Chronic pain on the face is an indication of jaw clenching as well. In some cases, swelling on the lower jaw could appear as a result of prolonged clenching.
It is essential that you seek the attention of a professional if you have any of these symptoms. Our dentists will carefully investigate the condition, and recommend a night mouthguard if need be.
Schedule a Consultation
If you think you could benefit from a mouthguard, call (973) 284-7363 and schedule your consultation appointment now.